sexta-feira, 26 de março de 2010

Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue - Anniversary Collection

  1. Love Is Blue
  2. I Will Follow Him (Chariot)
  3. The Bird of Wounds (Nagekidori)
  4. New York, New York
  5. Memory
  6. Alla Figaro
  7. If You Love Me (L'Hymne A L'Amour)
  8. Symphony Nº 40 - 1st Movement (Mozart)
  9. Say You, Say Me
  10. Back to Pyramids
  11. Mamy Blue
  12. El Bimbo
  13. La Traviata - Prélude (Verdi)
  14. Didn't We Almost Have It All
  15. Windy
  16. Toccata
Love Is Blue
Paul Mauriat (Marseille, 4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006 in Perpignan) was a French orchestra leader, specializing in light music. He is best known in the United States for his remake of André Popp's "Love is Blue," which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1968. Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, "Toccata" and "Penelope."

Mauriat grew up in Marseilles and began leading his own band during the Second World War. In the 1950s he became musical director to at least two well-known French singers, Charles Aznavour and Maurice Chevalier, touring with them respectively.

In 1957, Mauriat released his first EP Paul Mauriat, a four track RGM release. Between 1959-1964 Mauriat recorded several albums on the Bel-Air record label under the name Paul Mauriat et Son Orchestre, as well as using the various pseudonyms of Richard Audrey, Nico Papadopoulos, Eduardo Ruo and Willy Twist, to better reflect the international flavour of his recordings. During this period, Mauriat also released several recordings with Les Satellites, where he creatively arranged vocal backing harmony for such albums as Slow Rock and Twist, (1961), A Malypense (1962) and Les Satellites Chantent Noel (1964).

Mauriat composed the music for several French soundtracks (also released on Bel-Air) including Un Taxi Pour Tobrouk (1961), Horace 62 (1962) and Faits Sauter La Banque (1964).

He wrote his first song with André Pascal. In 1958 they were prizewinners in the Coq d'or De La Chanson Française with Rendez-vous au Lavendou. Using the pseudonym of Del Roma, Mauriat was to have his first international hit with Chariot, which he wrote in collaboration with friends Franck Pourcel (co-composer), Jacques Plante (French lyrics) and Raymond Lefèvre (orchestrator). In the USA the song was recorded as I Will Follow Him by Little Peggy March and became #1 on the Billboard charts in all categories for 3 weeks. In 1992 the song was featured prominently in the film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg. More recently, Eminem included some bars in his song, Guilty Conscience.

Between 1967 and 1972 he wrote a lot of songs for Mireille Mathieu; Mon Credo (1,335,000 copies sold), Viens dans ma rue, La premiere etoile, Geant, etc. (to name but a few) and contributed 130 song arrangements for Charles Aznavour.

In 1965 Mauriat established Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, and released hundreds of recordings and compilations through the Philips label for the next 28 years. In 1994 he signed with Japanese record company Pony Canyon, where he re-recorded some of his greatest hits and wrote new compositions. Mauriat recorded many of these albums in both Paris and London, utilising several English classical musicians in these recordings.

In 1969, Mauriat started his first world tour, visiting countries like United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and other Latin American countries.

For several decades, some of Mauriat's compositions served as musical tracks for Soviet TV programs, such as "In the world of animals" (V mire zhivotnykh) and "Kinopanorama", among others.

Mauriat gave his final performance in 1998 in Osaka, but his orchestra keeps touring around the world and has twice traveled to China. Mauriat's former lead pianist, Gilles Gambus, then became the orchestra's conductor in 1999 and led successful tours of Japan, China, and Russia. Gambus had worked with Mauriat for more than 25 years. In 2005, classical French Horn instrumentalist, Jean-Jacques Justafre assumed conductorship of the orchestra, and led successful tours of Japan and Korea in late 2005.

A special concert led by Maestro Justafre conducting Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat to honour Paul's memory, took place on 11 November 2009 in Japan and South Korea, under the title 'Merci Paul: Paul Mauriat Memorial Concert"

Paul Mauriat died on November 3, 2006 at the age of 81.

Career and awards

Relative to his peers, Paul Mauriat has one of the largest recording catalogs, featuring more than 1,000 titles just from his Polygram era (1965-1993). He was awarded with the Grand Prix from the French recording industry, a MIDEN trophy, and in 1997 won the prestigious distinction of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" from the French Ministry of Culture. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and held 28 tours in Japan from 1969 to 1998.

In the early-mid 1980s, Paul Mauriat appeared in several Japanese coffee and wine TV commercials, which featured music from his orchestra.

A line of saxophones are named for Paul Mauriat, known as P. Mauriat Saxophones.

Singles

    * "Love Is Blue" { US # 1, 1968 - AC # 1, 1968 }
    * "Love In Every Room" { US # 60, 1968 - AC # 7, 1968 }
    * "San Francisco" { US # 103, 1968 - AC # 16, 1968 }
    * "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" { US # 76, 1969 - AC # 24, 1969 }
    * "Hey Jude" { US # 119, 1969 - AC # 24, 1969 }
    * "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" { AC # 35 - January 1970 }
    * "Gone Is Love" { AC # 32 - September 1970 }
    * "Apres Toi (Come What May)" { AC # 21, 1972 }
    * "Taka Takata" (1972)

Discography (released as Paul Mauriat)

    * Paris by Night (1961)
    * Plays Standards (1963)
    * Paul Mauriat Joue pour les Enfants (1963)
    * Album No 1 (1965)
    * Russie De Toujours (1965)
    * Album No 2 (1965)
    * Album No 3 (1966)
    * Prestige de Paris (1966)
    * Album No 4 (1966)
    * Bang, Bang (1966)
    * Prevailing Airs (1967)
    * Gone is Love (1967)
    * More Mauriat (1967)
    * Mauriat Magic (1967)
    * Album No 5 (1967)
    * Noëls (1967)
    * Album No 6 (1967)
    * Love Is Blue (1968)
    * Viva Mauriat (1968)
    * Mauriat Slows (1968)
    * Rain and Tears (1968)
    * Cent Mille Chansons (1968)
    * Rhythm and Blues (1968)
    * Doing My Thing (1969)
    * Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus (1969)
    * Un Jour, Un Enfant (1969)
    * Vole, Vole, Farandole (1969)
    * Paul Mauriat Joue Chopin (1970)
    * C'est La Vie... Lily (1970)
    * Gone is Love (1970)
    * Comme J'ai Toujours Envie D'aimer (1970)
    * Paloma Embriagada (1970)
    * Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (1971)
    * Mamy Blue (1971)
    * Penelope (1971)
    * El Condor Pasa (1971)
    * Tombe La Neige (1971)
    * Apres Toi (1972)
    * L'Avventura (1972)
    * Last Summer Day (1972)
    * Paul Mauriat Joue Les Beatles (1972)
    * Le Lac Majeur (1972)
    * Forever and Ever (1973)
    * Nous Irons à Vérone (1973)
    * Last Tango In Paris (1973)
    * Good bye, My Love, Good bye (1973)
    * White Christmas (1973)
    * Viens ce Soir (1974)
    * Retalhos de Cetim (1974)
    * Je Pense à Toi (1974)
    * Le Premier Pas (1974)
    * I Won't Last a Day Without You (1974)
    * Have You Never Been Mellow? (1974)
    * L'Été Indien (1975)
    * Entre Dos Aguas (1975)
    * The Best of Paul Mauriat - 10 Years with Philips (1975)
    * From Souvenirs to Souvenirs (1975)
    * Lili Marlene (1975)
    * Stereo Spectacular (1975)
    * Love Sounds Journey (1976)
    * Michelle (1976)
    * Love Is Still Blue (1976)
    * Il Était une Fois... Nous Deux (1976)
    * Chanson D'amour (1977)
    * C'est La Vie (1977)
    * Hymne à l'Amour (1977)
    * Brasil Exclusivamente (1977)
    * L'Oiseau et l'Enfant (1977)
    * Overseas Call (1978)
    * Dans les Yeux d'Émilie (1978)
    * Brasil Exclusivamente Vol.2 (1978)
    * Too Much Heaven (1979)
    * Nous (1979)
    * Copacabana (1979)
    * Aerosong (1980)
    * Chromatic (1980)
    * Brasil Exclusivamente Vol.3 (1980)
    * Reality (1981)
    * Roma dalla Finestra (1981)
    * Pour Le Plaisir (1981)
    * Je n'Pourrais Jamais t'Oublier (1981)
    * Tout Pour Le Musique (1982)
    * Magic (1982)
    * I Love Breeze (1982)
    * Descendant Of The Dragon (1982)
    * Love with Many Phases(1982 in Hong Kong)
    * Wild Spring (1983)
    * Summer Has Flown (1983)
    * Olive Tree (1984)
    * Piano Ballade (1984)
    * The Seven Seas (1984)
    * Chromatic (1984)
    * Transparence (1985)
    * The Best of Paul Mauriat 2 - 20 Years with Philips (1985)
    * Classics In The Air (1985)
    * Windy (1986)
    * Classics In The Air 2 (1986)
    * Song For Taipei (1986)
    * Classics In The Air 3 (1987)
    * Nagekidori (1987)
    * Best Of France (1988)
    * The Paul Mauriat Story (1988)
    * Serenade (1989)
    * Iberia (1989)
    * Remember (1990)
    * You Don't Know Me (1990)
    * Gold Concert (1990)
    * Retrospective (1991)
    * Nostal Jazz (1991)
    * Emotions (1993)
    * The Color Of The Lovers (1994)
    * Now And Then (1994)
    * Soundtracks (1995)
    * Quartet For Kobe (1995)
    * Escapades (1996)
    * Cri D'amour (1996)
    * 30th Anniversary Concert (1996)
    * Romantic (1997)
    * Sayonara Concert (1998)
    * I Will Follow Him (2000)
    * All The Best (2003, In China)
    * Blooming Hits (2006, Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Santa Monica, CA)

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